With the warm weather in full swing, it’s only evident to head out of the house to spend some time under the sun’s glorious rays. The weather plays such an important role in the health and vitality of your skin. As much as we love the look of a beautiful sun-kissed glow, it’s important to keep your skin protected to prevent sun spots and premature wrinkles. Being exposed to harsh sun ray’s, humidity and not to mention salt water or chlorine if you’re planning to dive into open water, your skin can get a little rough and dehydrated. We’ve listed a few helpful tips for a bit of summer skincare damage control.

Exfoliate from Head to Toe

Whether you’ve done a bit of under the sun tanning or took a long dip in the pool, exfoliating helps produce a smoother surface and keeps your skin looking even-toned. When you exfoliate your skin you buff away the dead skin cells that linger on the top, thereby revealing a new layer of skin. Removing dead skin cells from the top layer not only gets rid of any tan lines but also allows any moisturizer you apply to deeply penetrate the skin. There are plenty over-the-counter scrubs or better yet make your own organic coffee or oatmeal scrub to whisk away dead skin cells. Exfoliation also helps any sun screen or SPF absorb into the skin for prolong wear time.

Vitamin C as Sun Protectant

As much as vitamins are essential to keep our health intact, Vitamin C is noted as the one that can provide beneficial results during the regenerating process of our skin. For healthy and youthful skin, a high concentration of Vitamin C in your serum can help achieve noticeable results including wrinkle reduction, even skin tone and a brighter complexion. Vitamin C has been noted to help neutralize free radicals which is produced by ultraviolet radiation. When applied to the skin, Vitamin C is absorbed for maximum sun protection to reverse photoaging and lightening hyperpigmentation. If your skin tends to sweat excessively, Vitamin C can be combined with sunscreens for prolong protection since it deeply absorbs into the skin and can’t be easily washed off.

SPF vs. Sun Blocks

Overexposure to the sun and UV rays are rarely obvious when you’re enjoying any outdoor activity. Repeated sun exposure has more adverse long-term effects on our bodies and our health than you may fail to believe. UV rays and sunburn can easily be avoided by using SPF and physical sunscreens. SPF or sun protection factor determines how long you can stay under the sun without being burnt to a crisp. If it takes you about 15 minutes to get sunburned, SPF 15 would give you 225 minutes of protection (15×15). If you burn quicker than 15 minutes or if the sun is predominantly harsh, you want to go for a higher SPF for the best protection. Sun blocks are known as physical sunscreens which physically block ultraviolet radiation (UVR). This contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that are the two most prominent ingredients to minimize UVR. This broad spectrum works by deflecting the sun off of your skin instead of just preventing sunburn as SPF will. Sun blocks reduce or minimize the amount of ultra violet radiation that is absorbed by your skin.

There you have it! These summer skincare survival tips will help you undo the damage of that our beautiful sun causes. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and maintain a youthful glow.


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